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Luminescent hybrid materials based on natural clays as sensors for contaminants detection

Grant number: 16/17039-5
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): October 01, 2016
Effective date (End): September 30, 2017
Field of knowledge:Physical Sciences and Mathematics - Chemistry - Inorganic Chemistry
Principal Investigator:Emerson Henrique de Faria
Grantee:Nathalia Paula Oliveira
Host Institution: Pró-Reitoria Adjunta de Pesquisa e Pós-Graduação. Universidade de Franca (UNIFRAN). Franca , SP, Brazil


Various areas of science and technology have shown interest in finding new applications for organic-inorganic hybrid materials. The materials based on natural clays such as kaolinite have been largely employed to obtain this class of materials by intercalation process and/or functionalization that could promote the expansion of the layers resulting in new materials with functional properties. These materials could be used for the recognition and treatment of toxic chemical substances present in wastewater; it has become a big problem due to the increase of industrial activity. To this end, the present work aims to obtain a new luminescent hybrid nanomaterial applied for the detection of emerging organic pollutants such as caffeine, aspirin, and trimethoprim. The materials are obtained from organ functionalization kaolinite with organosilane-3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane (APTES), to further study via immobilization of fluorescent dyes rhodamine-B and fluorescein. The materials will be characterized by structural and morphological viewpoints by X-ray powder diffraction, small-angle X-ray scattering, thermal analysis, chemical analysis, photoluminescence spectroscopy, cationic exchange capacity, specific surface area analysis, scanning electron microscopy, UV-VIS absorption spectroscopy.

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